Sweetener is Toxic to Flies, Might Be Key to Human-Safe Insecticide

June 5, 2014 5:07 PM

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Sweetener is Toxic to Flies, Might Be Key to Human-Safe Insecticide

Researchers from Drexel University discovered that the non-nutritive sweetener erythritol could be used to develop a human-safe insecticide.

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol commonly used as an additive in the United States and across the world. It is up to 70 percent as sweet as table sugar, but has zero calories.

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